Main purpose of job:
The UK government has radically expanded its presence in Africa. This role offers applicants the opportunity to help shape this new, long-term UK partnership for prosperity and stability with Africa.
You will join the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Africa network. This is an exciting time to join, as we expand our resources and ambition to deliver on the objectives set out by the UK government. This role will provide crucial leadership and expertise to enable the expansion and help the UK Government deliver its sustainable development and poverty reduction objectives in Africa through the reduction of market access barriers.
Ghana is one of the largest economies within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The UK is already one of Ghana’s top trading partners and sources of investments. Ghana is the UK’s fifth largest export destination in Sub-Saharan Africa.
DIT work at post is closely integrated with other departments, working as part of the EDIT (Economic Development, Trade & Investment) virtual team with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) colleagues. The work of EDIT drives forward our economic partnership with Ghana, which is focused on six key sectors (agro-processing, extractives, digital, pharma, financial services and garments/textiles) and three overarching themes (ease of doing business, infrastructure and revenue mobilisation). You will feed in expert opinion to the development and implementation of action plans in each area, and help to maximise their impact. Every six months, you will work with EDIT to organise the UK-Ghana Business Council, a high-level ministerial meeting designed to accelerate progress on economic development, trade & investment and job creation.
This role will work to increase the overall value of UK trade and investment to Ghana by tackling market access barriers faced by business seeking to access or expand in the Ghanaian market. You will report to the DIT Deputy Country Director, with support from the trade policy/agreement lead and sector leads in country and in London. You will assist cross government efforts to position the UK as Ghana’s partner of choice as it seeks to “move beyond aid”, in part by increasing trade and investment and thereby contributing to sustainable development and poverty reduction. The latter being your primary objective in a post which is funded by Official Development Assistance (ODA).
We are looking for someone with a business background, not necessarily in trade, who is proactive, can work autonomously, and build strong networks, all while being delivery focused.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Budget responsibility to be confirmed.
Learning and development opportunities:
The successful applicant will have access to a range of Learning and Development opportunities with in-house and e-learning, with the potential for overseas training. From time to time there will be requirements to assist other teams within the Department, building overall resilience and broader experience.
This is a full time position.
A mix of working from home and in the office, with at least 2-3 days in the office (the British High Commission, Accra)